The Walk Centre
The Walk Centre is a not-for-profit charity looking for volunteers and donations in order to assist the children and families of the Hilton slum area in Nakuru, Kenya. To find out how you can support this wonderful charity please read this feature on thebestof Gerrards Cross.
The Walk Centre is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the children and families of the Hilton slum area in Nakuru, Kenya. The residents of the Hilton Slum reside on the boundaries of Nakuru's local rubbish tip. Consequently, the community suffers poor health, financial hardship in addition to high levels of joblessness. As unemployment remains high it is practically impossible for the Hilton slum residents to send their children to nursery school as the Kenyan government schools require regular fees which are outside the means of the locals.
Two teachers, Alex and Patricia Maina, established The Walk Centre in 2005 after they saw the problems that the residents of the slum were facing. The couple resigned from their teaching jobs in order to focus on assisting the residents in developing a better way of life.
The Walk Centre helps both the children and their parents or carers. It offers the children the basic human right to education, regular meals and ways to be able to achieve a better standard of life. It realises this through range of programmes that provide the children with a basic education, two daily meals and emotional support. The Walk Centre assists their parents or guardians of the children by helping them to develop a skill that will allow them to support their family to have a better life. In addition, The Walk Centre provides financial aid to the locals making it possible for them to gain access to medical care, food and basic housing maintenance.
There are a number of ways you can help The Walk Centre to continue supporting the children and families of the Hilton slum:
You can carry out volunteer work at The Walk Centre. As a volunteer you will be directly involved in the work the Centre completed in the community. This includes going to see the families, helping to share out food as well as assisting the women to build houses for their families. The volunteers have played a huge part in helping to drive forward the positive developments in the Hilton slum.
Teaching is also something you can do. None of the children receive free nursery education from the Kenyan government yet they cannot progress to primary school until they have attended a nursery school. By endowing the children with the basic skills they will be able to start formal primary education.
Medical advice and help is always urgently needed in the slum. If you have a medical background you can help The Walk Centre to team up with local hospitals to provide much needed medical advice, treatment and deliver health awareness talks to the families of the Hilton slum.
Donations of course are always welcomed; amongst other things, the extra funds can be used to provide the families with meat and bananas in addition to the beans and rice that The Walk Centre currently provides. Donations can be a one-off or regular contribution. Alternative ways of giving include Easy Fundraising a scheme through which popular retailers such as M&S, Argos, eBay and John Lewis donate money to the charity when you shop with them online. There is also EasySearch which you can use for online searches; in doing so the EasySearch website will generate cash for the charity.
If you are interested in assisting The Walk Centre to help the children and families of the Hilton slum, please contact your local Gerrards Cross representative, Amy Griffiths on 07870 698177. Amy would be delighted to talk to you about the many opportunities to be involved with the charity.
The Walk Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1129576
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